Cycling Quietways

Sustrans has been appointed by Southwark and Lambeth Councils to lead the community engagement exercise on the proposed cycling Quietway running from Greendale via Calton Avenue and Turney Road into Rosendale Road and up to Gipsy Hill. It has already held a number of ‘pop up’ events in the area and a series of traffic surveys are also being undertaken. The Society has reminded the Council that any figures on traffic flows taken in the summer will be unrepresentative, and that further surveys need to be done in September when the schools return.

The Society will hold a public meeting on Saturday 19 September at the St Barnabas Community Suite in Calton Avenue as a follow up to the earlier meeting on 14 March. It is also, along with several of the major Residents Associations and Dulwich Park Friends, actively liaising with the Council to make sure the consultation exercise is as wide as possible.

If the Quietways go ahead, they could have a major impact on traffic and parking in Dulwich. It is essential that as many as residents as possible actively engage with the process.

Sustrans has now confirmed that a leaflet and questionnaire will be sent to households throughout the Dulwich area early in September. The current draft timetable for the engagement exercise is as follows:

  • September - Pre-design workshops with maps & modelling tools, and walkabouts 
  • October to December - Main informal consultation
  • December/January - Formal Design (with Southwark engineering input)  
  • January/February 2016 - Consultation  on proposed options 
  • March 2016 - Report to DCC
  • April 2016 - Final Approval (Cabinet Level) 
  • Summer 2016 – Implementation

Sustrans consultations during September and October will be as follows:

Walkabouts: Meet Calton Ave/Townley Road Junction
Thursday 17 September 8:00-9:30, 15:00-16:30 & 17:30-19:00

First Workshops: Parish Hall or St Barnabas Church
Wednesday 23 September 18:00 – 21:00
Saturday 2h September 10:30 - 13:30

Concept Design Workshop: Parish Hall or St Barnabas Church
Saturday 3 October, 12:30 – 15:30

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:23

S G Smith redevelopment planning application

The scheme was approved at the main planning committee on 14 July by 5 votes to 1, with 2 abstentions. The installation of the stocks heritage plaque on a wall of the new development was also approved.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:21

Neighbourhood Forum

Several of the Residents Associations in Dulwich Village have been discussing the possibility of setting up a neighbourhood forum in the Dulwich Area. At least two other areas in the north of Southwark are in the preliminary stages and the Herne Hill Forum is also actively looking at the possibility. A meeting will be held in September to assess the amount of interest locally and, more importantly, the level of commitment in taking it forward.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:21

Picture Gallery zig zags

The Council have repainted the zig zags at the south end of the College Road pedestrian crossing opposite the Picture Gallery in a different location from before. People who park there are now being ticketed. The Society has asked the Council why they have done this.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:20

Post Office

It is now confirmed that the Village Post office will be moving into Rumseys Chemist at No 47 Dulwich Village The existing shop will need to be refurbished so the transfer is unlikely to happen much before the end of the year. This will of course mean that the Estate will be looking for a new tenant in the existing Post Office – another coffee shop perhaps, or can we hope for something more useful?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:20


Not such good news is the demise of Stefano’s, the delicatessen at No 37. Dulwich Village’s centre of gravity has moved southwards following the arrival of Gail’s and, with the temporary closure of the Crown and Greyhound, footfall at the north end is definitely down. Hopefully the new location for the post office will help to restore it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:19

Posts and Chains

Recently the Council fitted chains to the final set of posts between the Picture Gallery and the South Circular. Budget constraints meant that they had to be plastic but they still looked the part. Regrettably they are not robust enough as most of them were broken within a week. Members of the Society re-fixed them but they were broken again within a few days.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:19


The shop closed temporarily on 20 August to allow the Estate to carry out preliminary works to convert the flat over the shop into a separate unit. Through August Bartleys have traded in a temporary unit on the opposite side of the street and will hopefully move back during early September.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:18

Fountain Drive planning

Lightbox, the owners of No 1 Fountain Drive, have won an appeal against Southwark’s refusal of planning consent to demolish the house and build 5 new townhouses on the site.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:18

Footway works on Dulwich Common

Transport for London are resurfacing the footway on the South Circular between Gallery Road and Lordship Lane from 26th May for four months. The works are expected to last both day and night for the duration of the scheme including Saturday and Sunday. Full details are in the attached notice provided by Transport for London

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 16:50


Southwark Planning Consultation Survey

The Council is conducting a survey to better understand the community’s needs and preferences on statutory consultations for planning applications. Statutory notices are the main means for ensuring that the public is kept informed on planning applications by their council. It is particularly interested in the community’s views on public consultation around planning applications (letters to residents, website planning register, site notices on lamp posts and press notices in Southwark News). The survey should take ten minutes to complete, and all responses are anonymous. It will remain open until 29th June - see

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 16:46

Topps Tiles

A boutique ‘Topps Tiles’ shop has now opened in the former Lesley Leal Green unit in the West Dulwich shopping centre.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 16:44

The Charter School

The Charter School Educational Trust (TCSET) is starting a public consultation for a new secondary school to serve East Dulwich and surrounding areas. The consultation follows the successful bid to the DfE to open a Free School, and runs from 18 May to 26 June 2015 with an on-line survey and public consultation meetings as follows:

  • 3 June 2015 at St John’s & St Clement’s Primary School, Adys Road, SE15 4DY
  • 9 June 2015 at Albrighton Centre, Albrighton Road, Dog Kennel Hill Estate, SE22 8AH
  • 18 June 2015 at Heber Primary School, Heber Road, SE22 9LA

The consultation is part of the process that every Free School must undertake to secure funding and will allow TSCET to respond to community issues. Local stakeholders are invited to respond to the survey about The Charter School East Dulwich and to find specific information on the new school’s vision and ethos, the education offering and the proposed admissions policy along with a link to the on-line consultation at the Charter School website. Paper copies of the consultation are available upon request.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 15:55

Lorry crashes into Railway Bridge

Just before 11am on Wednesday 8th April a lorry with a grabber attachment hit the railway bridge on Village Way. The lorry smashed into the bridge and its crane went onto the track. Part of the crane fell onto the railway, causing a short circuit. The oncoming Southern train slammed on the brakes and avoided derailment. All 89 passengers were unhurt and were safely transferred onto another train. A Network Rail spokesman said the bridge has since been examined and repaired, normal services resumed at 2.15pm.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 10:43

Journal Deliverers

The Society is looking for a replacement Journal co-ordinator to manage the distributor network in the Alleyn Park and Farquhar Road area. The Journal comes out four times a year and the job involves collection the journals from a central Dulwich Village location and issuing them to the volunteers who deliver door to door. If you are interested please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 11:23

Dulwich Fairtrade fortnight

This will run from Monday 23 February to 8 March. Several retailers in the Dulwich area taking part including Shepherds in Dulwich Village.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:56

2015 Annual General Meeting Reports



Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 16:21


Council Tax

Southwark Have confirmed that they will freeze council tax for the seventh year. This is welcome news.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 16:33

Dulwich Community Council

The next meeting is on Tuesday 17 March 2015, 7:00pm at the St Barnabas Church Community Suite in Calton Avenue. The main theme is Traffic, transport and parking.

Other agenda items include:

  • Townley Road/East Dulwich Grove junction
  • North Dulwich parking
  • Proposed Rehabilitation service location in Half Moon Lane
  • Dulwich Helpline
  • New sculptures in Dulwich Park
  • Neighbourhoods fund 2015/16 decisions

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 11:28

Minutes of the AGM 2014

MINUTES OF THE 49th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE DULWICH SOCIETY held on Thursday 28th April 2014 at St. Barnabas Centre, Calton Avenue SE21

Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 16:20


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:33



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